The Recycler Drops the “R” for awhile: PIA ventures into E-Cycling

If there is one thing that people should know about me, it is that I’m a recycler. A rabid recycler.  To the point where it borders on the absurd. If you don’t know what I mean by this when I meet you, there’s not doubt in my mind you’ll soon find out (just ask the other AmeriCorps girls!). (AmeriCorps Poster’s note:  Everything she says is true.) I used to cart home recycling from college because I didn’t believe the custodians were sorting or handling it properly…I was wholly convinced it was getting mixed up with the colossal mountains of campus garbage that piled up weekly. I hold on to things that are long past their usefulness in my life until I can find a second home or appropriate cause to donate them to, til I can ensure they have a home after they leave my closet/basement/bookshelf/etc. I am that annoying person blocking the isle in the grocery store while I attempt to read those microscopic numbers inside the itty-bitty recycling sign on the underside of food containers and cleaning supplies.
Yup. That’s me.
That being said, I was both taken aback and excited when, on my way around the Pass it Along office, I noticed just how much old—nay, ancient—technology was just hanging out, occupying valuable storage space, and holding untold value in recycling and repurposing potential. It has become part of my mission here to help PIA shed this ancient e-junk in a responsible (and lucrative!) manner.
Since we are a 501c3 non-profit, local e-waste recycling company CLR Solutions has graciously offered to donate a portion of the profit it makes from recycling our e-waste back to our program! While some technology requires money be spent to cover the costs of repurposing or recycling it, like those space-hogging CRT monitors and old school tube televisions, much of the e-junk we have laying around can be retrofitted or recycled for a profit. The environment wins (less toxic waste in landfills, reduction in groundwater contamination); the company wins (they make a profit for “flipping” or recycling the items); and Pass it Along wins (we get a little return for our efforts!).
With the “spring cleaning” of Pass it Along underway, we started thinking that there must be lots of people in the community that feel like we do right now: Out with the old…responsibly! With that in mind, we are looking to expand our e-waste recycling efforts in the springtime with a collection or drive that would benefit Pass it Along.
If you or anyone you know would like to work with us to organize an e-waste recycling event for the local area in the upcoming months, please let me know. Send me an email: maren@passitalong.org, or give us a shout in the office: 973-726-9777.
 -Maren Morsch, AmeriCorps Program Associate
Until then…Happy recycling!

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